Bradford Bulls 44 Batley Bulldogs 22: Disappointing defeat for Diskin on return to Odsal

Batley Bulldogs coach Matt Diskin.
Batley Bulldogs coach Matt Diskin.
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Matt Diskin made a losing return to Bradford Bulls as Batley Bulldogs crashed to a 44-22 defeat.

Diskin’s Bulldogs were level, 18-18, at half-time at Odsal before Bulls ran away with the game after the break.

Two tries from Ross Oakes and Johnny Campbell, plus others from Kevin Larroyer, James Bentley, Ethan Ryan and Oscar Thomas – who added six goals – earned Bradford victory.

Dominic Brambani replied with three goals, to tries from Al Leak, Joe Farrell, Sam Smeaton and Tom Holmes.

Bradford: Thomas, Campbell, Mendeika, Oakes, Ryan, Pryce, Smith, Murray, Moore, Magrin, Roche, Larroyer, Bentley. Substitutes: Macani, Kirk, Peltier, Oledzki.

Batley: Scott, Reittie, Smeaton, Hallett, Hayward, Holmes, Brambani, Maher, Leak, Gledhill, Manning, Day, Farrell. Substitutes: Southernwood, Rowe, Lillycrop, Bretherton.

Referee: A Sweet (RFL).

Elsewhere in the division, Halifax bounced back in style from their loss to Toulouse with a high-quality performance to beat London Broncos 19-6.

The visitors – one of the form teams in the Championship so far – led 6-4 at one stage in the first half, but trailed 8-6 at the interval and finished well beaten by a ruthlessly determined Fax line-up. Boss Richard Marshall included three Salford players on dual registration, and recalled half-back Gareth Moore after three game out of the side.

Rochdale Hornets, meanwhile, were held 26-26 at home by Oldham.